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The MMA Vivisection - UFC on ESPN 1: N’Gannou vs. Velasquez picks, odds, & analysis

Zane Simon and Connor Ruebusch return to break down this week’s UFC event in Phoenix, NV. With picks and odds for every fight on the card. From Francis N’Gannou vs. Cain Velasquez in the main event down to Emily Whitmire vs. Alexandra Albu on the opening prelims.

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The UFC is back with a TV card that’s everything their last PPV event lacked. In the main event, Cain Velasquez returns - after a 3.5-year absence - to take on recent title contender and one-punch KO machine Francis N’Gannou. Top lightweights James Vick and Paul Felder square off in the co-main, and the rest of the card is filled with name veterans, rising prospects, and action fighters. It should be fun, high caliber MMA from start to finish.

If you’re interested in more details on the prelim fights, you can check out the UFC on ESPN 1 PRELIMS Vivi below (or watch it the classic way on YouTube, or listen on SoundCloud):

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Here’s a look at the UFC on ESPN 1: Ngannou vs. Velasquez fight card as it stands right now:

Cain Velasquez vs Francis N’Gannou - 6:05, Odds 18:34
James Vick vs Paul Felder - 20:25, Odds 32:25
Cynthia Calvillo vs Cortney Casey - 33:09, Odds 40:07
Alex Caceres vs Kron Gracie - 40:46, Odds 49:20
Bryan Barberena vs Vicente Luque - 50:40, Odds 1:01:18
Andre Fili vs Myles Jury - 1:02:20, Odds 1:13:35

Jimmie Rivera vs Aljamain Sterling - 2:30, Odds 14:36
Manny Bermudez vs Benito Lopez - 16:49, Odds 23:20
Andrea Lee vs Ashlee Evans-Smith - 24:17, Odds 33:19
Scott Holtzman vs Nik Lentz - 35:36, Odds 40:01

Jessica Penne vs Jodie Esquibel - 51:20, Odds 1:01:28
Luke Sanders vs Renan Barão - 41:43, Odds 50:28
Aleksandra Albu vs Emily Whitmire - 1:01:49, Odds 1:07:57